pcg Posted May 14, 2012 Share Posted May 14, 2012 (edited) This was posted on NWAC this morning: “Warning = Extreme or high avalanche danger occurring or expected to occur within 12 hours: …at or below 5000 feet in the Mt. Hood Area.” Steep slushy snow is always a concern, but there is none below 5000’ on south side Hood if you follow the climbers’ route. I have seen people walk straight up Salmon River canyon (a terrain trap not on the climber’s trail) from the upper lot which is foolishness when avy danger exists, so that is the only area where someone might get in trouble attempting south side right now. If you are not comfortable/experienced assessing snow conditions then stay away from any steep areas when the snow is soft and slushy. It is true that as the season progresses the entire snowpack becomes more stable, but avalanches can still happen on steep snow when it's warm. One of the largest avalanches ever to occur in the PNW occurred on Mt. Adams in August on the west side in afternoon sun. we run into a party of 15 tourists from Indiana who arrived at the summit at 2 pm. In tropical temps of 40F. I don't think the poster was necessarily inferring that this party was a model for good decision making. Edited May 14, 2012 by pcg Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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